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Moraga Valley Swim & Tennis Club membership consists of 300 families. We are members of the Orinda Moraga Pool Association, the US Aquatics Council, and the US Tennis Association. Our head coaches are all certified members of their respective organizations. Additionally, all our coaches and Lifeguards are all CPR certified. Find out more about swimmingtennis, and camp at MVP.

History

In the years following WWII, 55 homes were built along either end of Ivy Drive. Young families, mostly veterans, bought their homes with some help from the GI Bill for about $17,000. The neighborhoods were known as "Upper Ivy" and "Lower Ivy" and the land between consisted of Pear Orchards owned by the Utah Construction Company (UCC). The UCC intended to build a light industrial complex on the orchards-an idea the homeowners vehemently opposed at every County Planning meeting. In an attempt to win over the homeowners the UCC sold them a parcel of land for about $10,000 (about $20,000 under market at the time).
 

Seven neighbors decided to build a swim club on the land and they set to work recruiting the 300 original members-some who are still members today. Those original memberships cost $300 which covered the cost of the land and the additional $80,000 necessary to build the pool and facilities. While part of the original design, the tennis courts were not added until the early1970's. Early plans called for the pool to be an "L" shape, but the shallow end was added to accommodate all the young children and the pool took on it's current "Z" shape. In the early years there was a slide and a diving board in the deep end, but even in the pre-litigous 50's they could see that was a bad idea, and the slide was removed. Landscaping took advantage of the bowl shape the hill created for two reasons. A poll of the new members revealed the desire for plenty of room to "sun bathe". Secondly, the original engineer was a Cal grad and he took the idea from the shape of the GreekTheatre, thinking it would give plenty of space for people to relax while still being able to see the pool. Construction of the pool and it's facilities were completed in under a year.
MVP circa 1958
   ...with the yet-to-be developed Moraga Valley in the background.
Moraga Valley Pool had a swim team in the very first year. In those days, dual meets lasted about two hours, with one timer per lane and no food (or candy!) sales. The MVP swim team quickly became a powerhouse. Early coaching staffs included John and Bob Savage, Larry Meyer, Phil Bush, Rick Dawson,Chris Coran, Randy Warner, Russ Lindgren (father of the much loved date night), Stu Kahn, and Pool Managers Bruce Little, Stan Oberg, and Cheryl Collins. Moraga Valley Pool (not yet the Marlins) won their first "All Orinda" in 1969 (now known as the OMPA - Orinda Moraga Pools Association).
 
Swimmers and parents alike choose to make MVP a huge part of their summer and wouldn't have it any other way. Together we all make new friends, laugh really hard, and enjoy every moment of the experience known as MORAGA VALLEY POOL!
 
Notable swimmers throughout the years include United States Olympians:
 
     
Drew McDonald
Water Polo
1980 Moscow
1984 Los Angeles 
 
Matt Biondi
Swimming
1984 Los Angeles
1988 Seoul
1992 Barcelona 
 
Heather Petri
Water Polo
2000 Sydney
2004 Athens
2008 Beijing
2012 London